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Customs Court seeks final charge sheet against suspects in QMobile case

Customs Court seeks final charge sheet against suspects in QMobile case

KARACHI: A Customs Court has directed investigation officer to complete investigations and submit a final charge sheet against suspects namely Babar Sultan, Chief Finance Officer of M/s Digicom Private Limited (Q Mobile) and Muhammad Ammad, manager administration of the same company who were booked in a case of attempting to smuggle more than 78,000 mobile phones in the garb of LED lights.

It needs to be pertained here that counsel for the suspects had moved bail petitions before the customs court and argued that their clients were innocent and were been falsely implicated in this case, therefore court might grant them bail. However, counsel for the Customs Department opposed the bails and stated that prosecution had concrete evidences, therefore, the court might reject their bail pleas. After the arguments, the court had rejected the bail petitions and after that they moved SHC which granted them bails against the surety of Rs 500,000.

Earlier, investigation officer of Intelligence and investigation-FBR had produced above mentioned suspect before the court and informed the court that on a credible information, a team of Intelligence and Investigation-FBR raided at Bungalow No 107/1 lane 10, Kheaban-Rahan DHA Karachi and during the search recovered 78,160 foreign origin mobile phones from 3908 cartons and arrested the above mentioned suspect who introduced himself as administration manager of M/s Digicom Trading Pvt Ltd.

He further informed the court that after formalities officials of the Intelligence and Investigation-FBR seized mobile phones and shifted at investigation office and notice under section 171 also issued to the M/s Digicom Trading Company.

According to the prosecution was registered for violation of under section 2 (s) 16, 32 (1) & (2) 32A, 79, 80, 157 and 178 of the Customs Act, 1969 read with import policy order 2016 punishable under section 156 (1) (8) (89) (9) (9) (14) (14A) (43) (44) (45) & 156 (2) ibid read with section 3, 6, 7A, 33, 34 of the Sales Tax Act, 1990, further read with section 148 of the Income Tax Ordinance 2001.